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PronouncedPron.AW-to German
AH-to English
OT-to Finnish

Meaning & History

Later German form of Audo or Odo, originally a short form of various names beginning with the Germanic element aud meaning "wealth, fortune". This was the name of four kings of Germany, starting in the 10th century with Otto I, the first Holy Roman emperor, who was known as Otto the Great. This name was also borne by a 19th-century king of Greece who was originally from Bavaria. Another notable bearer was the German chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898).
VariantsAudo, Odilo, Odo Ancient Germanic
Feminine FormsOda, Odilie, Ottilie, Ute German Ottilia Swedish Oda Norwegian Odelia English Auda, Oda, Odila, Odilia Ancient Germanic
Other Languages & CulturesOdilon French Ottó Hungarian Ottó Icelandic Oddo, Ottone, Ottorino, Rino Italian Ode Medieval English Eudes Medieval French Odilon Portuguese
Same SpellingOttó


12th-century depiction of Otto the Great12th-century depiction of Otto the Great

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 186


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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute